Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)

Director: Steven C Miller

Writer: Miles Chapman (Screenplay)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Xiaoming Huang, Jesse Metcalfe, 50 Cent, Wes Chatham, Chen Tang, Jaime King


Plot: Ray Breslin manages an elite team of security specialists trained in the art of breaking people out of the world’s most impenetrable prisons. When his most trusted operative, Shu Ren, is kidnapped and disappears inside the most elaborate prison ever built, entirely computerized and constantly changing shape, Ray must track him down with the help of some of his former friends.


Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Just Boring


Story: Escape Plan 2: Hades starts as Ray Breslin (Stallone) sees his team Shu Ren (Huang), Like (Metcalfe) and Kimbral (Chatham) go wrong resulting in the death of a team member. We pick up one year later we travel to Bangkok where Shu Ren is watching over his cousin Yusheng Ma (Tang) and things don’t go well as Shu Ren ends up in Hades, a new state of the art prison known for a zoo for inmates to fight.

Shu Ren uses his training to survive and plan the escape with Luke, while Ray looks to make contacts including Trent DeRosa (Bautista) to help conduct the big rescue attempt in the new prison that no one seems to be able to escape from.


Thoughts on Escape Plan 2 Hades


Characters – Ray Breslin is the man that runs the security team, we met him in the first film, he has created a team that can do the job for him and for the most part in this movie he is trying to figure out where his team is and how to get them out, his narration to Shu keeps him relevant in this film. Trent DeRosa is an old friend of Ray, he has the connections in Bangkok which brings him to Ray side, though he is mostly just here for the tech side of things. Shu Ren is the student of Ray, he has been learning how to conduct himself in the solution of the escaping from prisons and now he must put all his lessons together to figure out how to escape. Luke is another student, he is reckless as times, but will work for the team, Hush is the connection around the world with his hacking skills and Jasper is the teammate that gets let go only to end up in the prison with Shu Ren.

PerformancesWhen we come to the performance, we need to understand certain factors, first Xiaoming Huang is the star of this movie and he is good, but his character is written to handle things strongly, but seems to come off weak when it comes to knowing what he is doing. Stallone is mostly the mentor in this film, he gets a couple of scenes though he isn’t involved anywhere near as much as the first film and looks like he is here for a pay check. Dave Bautista is one of the hottest action stars in Hollywood now, he is completely wasted in this role, which is sad because he could be the star is written correctly.

StoryThe story continues to follow the lives of security expert Ray Breslin who along with his team can break out of any prison, we enter a new computerised prison with state of the art protection system which should be uncrackable. We do focus on one of the students Shu Ren more than Ray this time as he goes over the rules we learnt first time in the battle to survive the prison. If we look at the story, it does feel slow paced for the most part and doesn’t get going enough, we compromise on characters we know to cover up the lack of screen time the originals have and the prison never really feels like a prison. The whole escape seems rushed and you will not believe in anyway they won’t make it. 

ActionThe action when it comes to the fight sequences are good and you can see they bought in Xiaoming Huang for the fight sequences. The shooting scenes are fine, but nothing overly interesting.

SettingsThe film puts us in the new prison, though it is so computerised it never feels like it would be real. Outside the prison it is all generically forgettable location.

Special EffectsThe effects are not impressive either, because we do get moments of computerised electricity to contain that look bad.

Scene of the Movie –
Give big Dave a gun.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Ray is barely in the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a bad sequel, it does come off slow and boring for the most part and is hugely miss sold on the idea Stallone is the star of the movie.


Overall: Sequel not worth watching.




Escape Plan (2013)

logoDirector: Mikael Hafstrom

Writer: Miles Chapman, Jason Keller (Screenplay) Miles Chapman (Story)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Faran Tahir, Amy Ryan, Sam Neill, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, Matt Gerald, Curtis Jackson


Plot: Ray Breslin (Stallone) works as an escape artist trying to find weakness in prisons to stop inmates escaping and helping design the perfect prison. After he gets framed he ends up in a new prison he designed with some of the most deadly criminals in. Teaming up with Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) to take down the warden Hobbes (Caviezel) escape the prison and find out who framed him.


Verdict: Prison Break the Movie?

Story: It would be fair to say this story is very much like Prison Break, where you have a prison designer and muscle trying to escape a prison using everything at the disposal. It goes to the next level where Ray is an expert on escaping and someone else’s greed leaves him stranded. In the end it turns into an action film with elements of revenge that we have all seen before and can sit through again. (8/10)


Actor Review: Sylvester Stallone – Ray Breslin studies the prison layouts to work out the best escape finding the weakness. Very resourceful and will get to know who can help in his plan. Good performance that we are used to see from Sly. (8/10)


Actor Review: Arnold Schwarzenegger – Rottmayer Ray’s first friend on the inside and first person Ray recruits to help in his escape plan. Good performance from Arnie where he gets to have a bit more fun and take part in less action based scenes which he is known for. (8/10)


Actor Review: Jim Caviezel – Hobbes the warden of the prison, very condescending to the inmates as he thinks he has the upper hand at all times. Good performance from Jim where he is the smallest character on the prison but always has a presence about him.  (8/10)


Actor Review: Faran Tahir – Javed a fellow inmate who ends up part of the plan even though they are all best of enemies. Good small part role even though he is important to final outcome. (7/10)


Actor Review: Amy Ryan – Abigail Ray’s connection on the outside but spends the few scenes she is in looking for him. Good performance but only very small role. (7/10)


Actor Review: Vincent D’Onofrio – Lester Clark Ray’s who talks him into taking the job. Good performance again but again only a small role that need to be bigger. (7/10)


Director Review: Mikael Hafstrom – Good direction to create a claustrophobic story. (8/10)


Action: Not as much action as you would think but the final escape comes off very well. (8/10)

Thriller: Never reaches a strong edge of the seat standard but has a will he won’t he element. (8/10)

Believability: (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Settings: The prison makes an excellent setting as it would be hard to just get the parts for the escape and no one would know where they are. (10/10)

Suggestion: One for the action junkies here, it would be found to be a little bit too much for a casual film fan that dislikes action. (Action Fan Watch)


Best Part: The planning.

Worst Part: Would you really help someone in a maximum off the radar prison escape?

Action Scene Of The Film: The escape

Kill Of The Film: Drake

Funniest Scene: Say Cheese

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Similar Too: Prison Break TV Show


Overall: Let’s Break Bad Guys Out Of Prison

Rating 80